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Discover the mysteries of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this secret itineraries tour. Skip the long line and head straight inside to explore the palace’s opulent public chambers adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance art. Learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist, and gain rare entry into shadowy quarters of the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once locked up. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and wander the dark dungeons of the New Prison network.

Highlights

  • 1.25-hour guided Doge's Palace tour with skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Tour the beautiful public rooms and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Learn about the doges of Venice, who ruled the city for a thousand years
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once held
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs to explore the New Prisons

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

See the Bridge of Sighs at Doge's Palace

Built in the 14th century, the Doge’s Palace was once the governing base of the former Venetian Republic’s powerful rulers, the doges. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, and admire the palace’s magnificent Venetian Gothic architecture before heading to the front of the long entry queue. 

Wander through awe-inspiring public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded carvings, murals and opulent décor. Your guide will point out Renaissance masterworks by painters Tintoretto and Veronese, including the famous ceiling fresco Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice. See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn how this room was used to dispatch the fearsome secret service to investigate traitors of the republic. 

Ascend to the attic and step inside the secretive chambers of the Piombi prison — a network of cells directly beneath the palace’s lead roof that was generally reserved for upper-class inmates and political prisoners. Let your imagination run wild in this part of the palace that is rarely open to the public, and hear how the legendary Venetian lover Casanova was imprisoned here and later made a daring escape. 

Next, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the New Prison complex, built in the 16th century. Wander the harrowing network of cells on your own, and then breathe a sigh of relief as you step back into the open air of St Mark’s Square at the end of your 1.25-hour tour. 

Customer Reviews

papnj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was fabulous.. we skipped the lines and saw more then the 'regular' tour.

George C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

When you see the line you will be glad you booked this skip the line tour. It was fun to see the rooms behind the walls, not on the regular tour. Plus, when you finish this tour, your are able to take the ordinary tour that everyone else must do, and do it at your own pace with the knowledge you gained from the guide. Well worth the money.

MC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a beautiful place and well worth the tour.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

great tour seeing behind the walls and the guide was fantastic.

Kathleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was very informative and enjoyable. The tour guide spoke very good English. Venetian history came alive, adding depth to our experience. The only negative to mention is what we judged to be the extremely high cost of this tour, compared to many other tours taken in Italy.

Lon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very informative tour.
The guide, Roberta was knowledgeable and spoke perfect English.

Adriana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was excellent. Guide knew a lot and spoke fantastically. Highly recommend

Johnny W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The perfect introduction to this must-see slice of Venetian history. Priority access, and behind the scenes access puts the opulence of other areas of the palace in perspective. Good guide, good group size and access to the rest of the palace when the tour finishes. Plenty of stairs to climb during this tour, so worth noting for mobility access if considering this option. Overall, excellent and if you only see this palace once then this is the way to do it.

Denise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I had read that The Secret Itineraries Tour is the way to go since we got to go explore the hidden chambers of the prison and it was so interesting! I am glad we did this tour since our guide was excellent and she gave us interesting history and spoke good English. I would have liked to have gotten a walking history of the Doge's palace as well during this tour as we were left to go explore it on our own after the Prison tour. I really wasn't aware of this and would next time make sure I included that with this tour and do both. The Doge's palace was truly gorgeous and a must see while in Venice! We were blown away by the beauty. Venice truly is a gorgeous city!

lilypad1001

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very interesting tour that takes you to see the prisons, torture and and offices of the officials at the time. The guide was very informative, explaining how the government was run to resist corruption and why it was designed the way it was. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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